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Safeguarding adults

Information sharing

Information sharing for practitioners and managers - Departmental advice for professionals on when and how to share information about children, young people and families.

Each of the agencies who are party to the Adult Abuse policy must have their own policies, professional codes of conduct and procedures for ensuring that users receive a confidential service. It is important that staff have due regard to their own agencies' policies when dealing with issues of confidentiality in the context of adult protection work.

There are some key principles, which will be common to all policies of the agencies involved. These principles can be summarised as follows:

Where the data subject lacks mental capacity

Generally the first step is to consider whether the data subject can give consent to disclosure of information. In some instances the data subject will not have the capacity to consent to disclosure of personal information relating to them. Where this is the case any disclosure of information needs to be considered against the conditions set out in the Data Protection Act. This will assist in considering issues such as Best Interests and Need to Know.

A person may positively refuse to give consent to disclosure

A person’s right to confidentiality is not absolute and may be overridden where there is evidence that sharing information is necessary in exceptional cases. This decision will have regard to the Data Protection Act.


Policy reference

  • Section 10.8 on Information sharing and confidentiality

Information sharing - children

Further information

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